- Located in Lawrence, KS
- Co-Founder of Skepticon
JT Eberhard was a campus organizer and high school specialist with the Secular Student Alliance, author of the blog What Would JT Do?, and has been a contributing author to AtheismResource.com.
Before joining the SSA, JT was most known as a debater on atheism and LGBT rights and as the co-founder of the Skepticon annual conference. From 2008-2010, JT worked as the organizing team leader for Skepticon 1, 2, and 3. The event would usher in a new format of conventions featuring rock star lineups while allowing people to attend for free.
JT also co-founded and led the SSA-affiliated Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Missouri State. The group would go on to make news on several occasions, often for their unconventional approach to combating religion such as building a cardboard box fort in the middle of campus to counter-protest evangelists or massing on their school's free speech zone with expletive-bearing signs in response to the school saying bands could not use coarse language.
JT is an accomplished speaker having given plenary talks at Skepticon, the American Atheists National Conference, the SSA Leadership Conference, the American Humanist Association's National Convention, Dragon*Con, and multiple campuses and community groups all across the country. As a debater, he has paired with other high profile atheists such as Richard Carrier, Victor Stenger, and Matt Dillahunty.
Outside of his work as an activist, Eberhard is a veteran of the Springfield Regional Opera's Young Artist Program. A baritone, JT has a handful of professional roles to his credit with various companies including work under the directorship of two-time Grammy-winner James Billings.
- Skepticon and a Different Organizational Model
- Why the Arguments Defending Religion Fail
- The Non-existence of God
- Confronting Religious Groups
- Fundraising and Running Large Events
- General Q&A / Atheism / Debates / Panel discussions
Honorarium and other expenses:
- JT Eberhard charges an honorarium of one ziplock bag filled with red skittles - only red skittles! (This is negotiable)
- JT asks for an honorarium of $100, but is flexible on it.
- JT requires only that his travel and lodging be covered, but he's willing to sleep on a comfy couch if there's a warm shower present. Hooray saving money on speakers!
- JT loves Southwest Airlines, but isn't terribly picky. He also despises Delta, but isn't terribly picky. He'll fly whatever's cheapest for your group.
Nice things people have said about JT as a speaker:
“…even though I’ve heard, say, JT Eberhard speak before, I’ll always be in the audience for one of his talks. He’s just that good at getting his message across.” ~ Hemant Mehta
“When he spoke at the American Atheists National Convention, JT had the entire crowd on its feet, and that’s tough to do on Sunday Morning! He was clearly one of the event’s most popular speakers. His energy is contagious, and his message is poignant. He is a model for young atheist activists everywhere.” ~ David Silverman, President of American Atheists
“The Future is JT Eberhard, and the Future is now. The new generation of atheist activists gives me hope and makes me excited for the positive direction the world is going. JT is a perfect example: a fearless leader, tireless event organizer, and a passionate and inspiring speaker.” ~ David Fitzgerald, author of NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All
“Everywhere I travel I hear people ask how we get the youth into our movement and passionate about it. JT is the man for the job. He exudes the passion, speaks their language, understands their interests and concerns, and is totally plugged into the next generation’s sense of humor.” ~ Richard Carrier, Ph.D., author of Sense and Goodness without God
“JT Eberhard was a fantastic guest for our group to host. His seemingly never-ending knowledge was not only amazing for the final question and answer section, but is a great resource for a group to access. JT’s history of leading and organizing far exceeds his age. JT is truly an amazing representative of our community and has reinvented what I think of when I hear “Atheist.”” ~ Robbie Orlowski, Activities Director for the Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (CASH), University of Minnesota
“JT Eberhard is a cut above the rest in the department of public atheists. His professionalism, scholarly attention to detail and ability to tailor his talk to your group’s needs make him an exceptional gem in the world of public speakers. But what makes him a stand out beyond that is his approachability. No one puts more time and genuine effort into conducting a Q&A session with the crowd than JT does. The world is a richer and more rational place for having his thoughts added to it.” ~ Steven Olsen, President of the Springfield Freethinkers